i feel pretty
DIRECTORs: abby kohn + marc silverstein (scriptwriters, how to be single)
STARRING: amy schumer, rory scovel, busy phillips, and aidy bryant
REVIEWER: emily carter
After waking from a fall, a woman who has struggled with insecurity now believes that she is the most beautiful and capable woman in the world. Due to her new found confidence she begins to live like never before.
Renee (Amy Schumer) isn't body-confident. Her everyday life is dictated by the way she sees every inch of her body; that is, until an awkward and eye-watering fall from an exercycle changes everything. That one hard knock instantly has Renee seeing herself as a drop-dead-gorgeous woman oozing confidence from every pore. And so her newfound life begins...
I Feel Pretty is a comedy for a generation of ladies, written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein showing that sometimes attitude is everything. With a seemingly simple flick of a switch, embarrassment turns into empowerment and Renee moves through life fearlessly, because, well, she's a beautifully-created being of course! Her love life and work life takes a 180, but what happens if or when she realises nothing has changed on the outside at all?
Amy Schumer shines in her self-deprecating comedic style. Now, it has to be said that the Schumer-humour isn't normally up my street, usually making me cringe with its not-so-subtle gags (a la Trainwreck); but this film was different. The jokes are more nuanced, relatable and genuinely had the entire cinema laughing.
It has to be mentioned that even the I Feel Pretty trailer alone has received a lot of harsh criticism over starring Amy Schumer as a character who is "not pretty", with critics saying she actually embodies a "Hollywood-look". Despite the contention, it can't be overlooked that the character of Renee is aiming to embody a common feeling; that often despite our figure, hair colour, clothes' size and a myriad of other features, we can feel insecure. And at its core, this is what the film is all about.
I finally felt like a Hollywood film gets me.
A movie to inspire a new generation of women to live fearlessly in spite of their insecurities.